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Strange Animal

Gowan Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album over 10 years ago thanks to a Canadian cousin who borrowed my WalkMan and left a tape of Lawrence Gowan's Strange Animal in it. I didn't want to give that tape back. Last year I got to meet Gowan and see him in concert several times - AMAZING - and this is the album that started it all for me - ABSOLUTELY one of the best albums in my music collection!
If you pass it up you'll definitely be missing out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great 80s album June 20 2009
By montyw
Format:Audio CD
This album is a classic 'one-off,' an assertion substantiated by the delete-bin albums Gowan released subsequently. A largely superb (if derivative) record, Strange Animal is wonderfully representative of the 1980s 'musician impulse' with its equal emphasis on player virtuosity and an 'ensemble' ethos. Less complimentary, Strange Animal perhaps has less to do with Larry Gowan's perfectly decent songwriting, which compares favourably to his peers at the time, than the players he miraculously procured for the recording. How a relative 'nobody' in the 1980s Toronto music scene collared the 'Peter Gabriel rhythm section''--the 'legendary' Tony Levin, bass and stick, Jerry Marrotta, drums and percussion, and David Rhodes, guitar'--and Split Enz producer, David Tickle, became a source of speculation among Toronto musicians for years. Despite Gowan''s richly competent keyboard playing (he is famous for both his Royal Conservatory training and his hard scrabble days as Ronnie Hawkins' piano player) which is often highlighted by catchy melodic phrasing and ability his ability to write a 'hook'' (the chorus to 'City of the Angels' comes to mind) 'one can''t help wonder how much influence Levin and crew must have had in the construction of the overall product. The two signature pieces on the record, 'Strange Animal', 'Criminal Mind', are certainly production-homages to PG, replete with AMS reverb effects. And 'Walking on Air, simply sounds like a Gabriel song, albeit with Gowan''s unmistakeable vocals. 'Cosmetics' and 'Guerrilla Soldier' are pure Levin' the former a double-handed bass line played on stick, the latter his classic Music Man approach (the 'Sledgehammer' sound). The real Gowan stuff, the 'pretty' piano ballad, 'Burning Torches of Hope,' shows Gowan as an 80s version of Canada''s Ian Thomas (the musician-brother of comedian Dave Thomas), not an unflattering comparison.
Try this record which, while dated, will reward a close listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful start of it all ! Oct. 31 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This cd (although his second) was the one that caught my ear. I have been a fan of Gowan's since this cd came out. It has a great musical flow that leads the listner fom one song to the next. The lyrics are not only catchy but they are also intelligent. If you enjoyed this cd you will love the others in Gowan's catalog. I strongly recomemd "Great Dirtey World" and "Lawrence Gowan, But You Can Call Me Larry" among others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Canadian Rock Legend Dec 8 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Lawrence Gowan is probably one of the best singers that you've never heard of, unless you've seen him on tour with Styx. This is an album that put LG on the map with great songwriting, strong vocals, and excellent musicianship. I recommend "Lost Brotherhood" featuring Alex Lifeson of Rush and "Best of", which features Healing Waters, his tribute to Princess Diana.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeliveably Awsome! I'm glad he's Canadian! Aug. 20 2007
Format:Audio CD
Wow. Gowan rocks! This extremely talented musician has got to be one of the greatest rockers ever! Gowan this Gowans second album and this one probably has the most hits [Moonlight Desires on Great Dirty World is my favorite Gowan song though]. It features his amazing song Strange Animal [my favorite on this album], his signature song Criminal Mind, an anti war piece called Guerilla Soldier and other hits like City of the Angels, Desperate, Cosmetics, Walking On Air and a few more.

Gowan is one of my favorite artists and I'm happy he's Canadian like me. He falls into the category of Progressive rock but some of his music sounds like Classical music and Hard rock. He is very musical and an awesome pianist. Also compared to much of the music of that time [1980s] his work was very unique and different. I'm a bigger fan of 70s music but Gowan is still one of my top favorites.

So if you like bands like Rush, The Beatles Styx and Yes try this amazing artists music. It rocks! It is outstanding! Rock On!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gowan May 21 2004
By ~M
Format:Audio CD
Gowan is by far one of the best artists to have ever walked the face of the earth, NOT JUST IN CANADA, but all over this globe. Gowan was the first musician I started listening to, and was my very first tape, I was 4. I'm 23 now and though I like other bands such as NIN, I still listen to Gowan and find Strage Animal to be one of the most original albums ever made and very different compared to the other junk music that other 80's bands were releasing. Gowan was not a typical 80's band, his lyrics spoke of war, the potential darkness of the human mind, and human suffering, while other bands were singing: 'Everybody Wang Chung Tonight', 'The Locomotion' ,'Jump For My Love' and other boppy meaningless songs such as these. My favorite tracks are 'Guerilla Soldier', 'Keep the Tension On', 'Burning Torches of Hope', and my ultimate favorite of any of Gowan's songs is 'A Criminal Mind', which is one of the best and most unique songs to have ever been made. Strange Animal is a masterpiece anyone who finds music important should have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Songs are great.
Great songs for the collection.
Published 13 days ago by Jim Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a replacement CD
I played my first copy of this to death and had to replace it with a new one. Great CD and a great production!
Published 11 months ago by Douglas A Nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Remarkable
I first heard of Gowan because he was a member of Styx and I was really getting into their music (this was obviously recently. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2004 by Brit
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gem From The 80's.
'Strange Animal' was the big hit from this album but I think the best tracks are 'Cosmetics' and 'City Of The Angels'. Read more
Published on June 20 2003 by W. Grandy
5.0 out of 5 stars I agree Lawrence Gowan is the Man!!
great Canadian music!! A must have for nay Canadian music fan!! A must have for any 80's music fan!!
signed
Gowan fan from Ontario
keep rockin' Lar
luv ya
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by shalowater
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER
I love this album...it is a classic and a must have for anyone who likes 80's pop. Not only was it great for its time but songs like criminal mind could still get airplay today if... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2002 by chris whidden
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MAN!!!!
I just recently dug this out of storage and great memories came to mind. This is an awsome album for anyone who likes anything 80's. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2002 by chris whidden
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Animal is the BEST!!!!!!
I remember the first time I ever heard a Gowan song. It was in 1985 and the radio was playing "City of the Angels". Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2001 by Rock_2525
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff from Canada
This was the first album I ever bought. I now realize I had better taste in music when I was 10 than I do now. This is my favorite album. Very classy and well produced. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2001 by Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Incredible!
Gowan is a tremendous talent. This cd is only a sample of his superb works. If you ever get the chance, you must see him live...he is the ultimate showman! Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2000
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